The Oregonian has this morning used its new revelations about Sam Adams' pursuit of Beau Breedlove (Seriously? I've called Victoria Taft AT LEAST 33 times over the last two months and so far, we seem to be nowhere NEAR the city hall restrooms...) to call again for Adams' resignation. So far, I've been unable to find the editorial online, perhaps because the folks at the paper's website don't get up quite so early on the weekends, I don't know. But here's shaky proof:
The move further distracts attention from the mayor's budget, released yesterday. Some highlights:
In January, Adams admitted lying to voters in the 2008 mayor's election about the Breedlove matter. This, in itself, should have been cause for Adams to resign. It remains so, regardless of what [Attorney General John] Kroger's investigation shows or whether someone launches a recall effort against Adams.
The screed cOntinues:
It's tough to succeed when critics can win over the public by casting doubt on Adams' motives, when outside groups consider changing their plans for fear of being pulled into a scandal and where other political leaders practically do somesaults in order not to be photographed with Portland's mayor.
Any number of people in Portland now beleive that Adams will be finished as mayor as soon as Kroger's investigators present their findings, or as soon as someone mounts a recall campaign.
But, really, he was headed for the door the moment he decided to win the last election with a lie. In January, we thought the right course would be evident to Adams. It was not. Now it is only clearer. He should resign.
In related rumor, I've heard that Kroger's first piece of advice to students of his criminal law class at Lewis and Clark is along the lines of: "If you don't have a strong moral compass, you shouldn't be here." I'm still trying to figure out what this might mean for my Curly Wurly, or the chances of his prosecuting Adams, but when I figure it all out, I'll be sure to let you know.
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